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Questions about expanding the TV episode into a movie...


Okay, if the first TV season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was shot in black-and-white, why were the episodes that were expanded to movie length for theatrical release as TO TRAP A SPY and THE SPY WITH MY FACE shot in color? And, since the movies were at least a half-hour longer than the TV episodes, where did the extended footage come from? I'm guessing they were planned as theatrical features ahead of time but who made those plans and why those episodes?

There is some very sexy footage in THE SPY WITH MY FACE that certainly would not have been shown on TV at the time when these episodes first aired (fall 1964). I'm thinking of the scene showing Sharon Farrell flouncing drunkenly around her apartment in bra and slip skirt (whatever that's called) and grinding with a bounce-back clown doll ("Bobo") on her bed and kissing its red nose. Pretty hot stuff for 1964 and if that had been on TV when I watched the original episode my parents would certainly have shut off the TV. Also, there's a later scene where Senta Berger enters the shower naked with Robert Vaughn. Granted, we only see their bare feet, so the rest is up to our imaginations but again, not something you'd see on TV in 1964. They could even have filmed that separately with different feet and had Vaughn and Berger simply record their lines in a sound booth and have them dubbed over the scene. I guess my question is, whose idea was it to film all that footage? Also, I guess I'd need to see the original episodes and then the movies to see what was in the movie version and what wasn't.

I saw both of these movies as a double bill in 1966.

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Okay, if the first TV season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was shot in black-and-white, why were the episodes that were expanded to movie length for theatrical release as TO TRAP A SPY and THE SPY WITH MY FACE shot in color? And, since the movies were at least a half-hour longer than the TV episodes, where did the extended footage come from? I'm guessing they were planned as theatrical features ahead of time but who made those plans and why those episodes?

There is some very sexy footage in THE SPY WITH MY FACE that certainly would not have been shown on TV at the time when these episodes first aired (fall 1964). I'm thinking of the scene showing Sharon Farrell flouncing drunkenly around her apartment in bra and slip skirt (whatever that's called) and grinding with a bounce-back clown doll ("Bobo") on her bed and kissing its red nose. Pretty hot stuff for 1964 and if that had been on TV when I watched the original episode my parents would certainly have shut off the TV. Also, there's a later scene where Senta Berger enters the shower naked with Robert Vaughn. Granted, we only see their bare feet, so the rest is up to our imaginations but again, not something you'd see on TV in 1964. They could even have filmed that separately with different feet and had Vaughn and Berger simply record their lines in a sound booth and have them dubbed over the scene. I guess my question is, whose idea was it to film all that footage? Also, I guess I'd need to see the original episodes and then the movies to see what was in the movie version and what wasn't.
I think you are correct and it was planned when filming "The Double Affair" that a theatrical version would also potentially be exhibited. There are the scenes you note, plus some others where Solo is tied-up on a bed and a female captor in tight short shorts takes advantage of the situation in extended scenes in "The Spy With My Face" that are not in the TV episode. We also see Solo bare-chested in the shower in that scene where we later see the bare feet.

Yes, watching the two versionsback to back would shed more light on this. I should do so instead of just scanning through them quickly as I just did.

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